Police: Parents left sleeping kids inside trunk of vehicle in Walmart parking lot
COLERAIN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - Two parents were arrested after leaving six children in their vehicle unattended Saturday night, police say.
Jessica Taylor, 26, and Deonte Moses, 31, appeared in Hamilton County court Monday morning facing multiple charges from the incident.
Officer Kyle Frandoni with the Colerain Township Police Department said he was approached by a concerned customer while working an off-duty detail around 10:40 p.m. at the Walmart at 8451 Colerain Avenue.
Frandoni said that the woman told him she saw sleeping children unattended in a vehicle in the parking lot.
When he approached the car, Frandoni said he saw six children all under the age of 10 asleep in the trunk and the backseat of the Dodge Journey vehicle.
There was also an open bottle of tequila inside and only one car seat for multiple children that required one, said Frandoni.
Three officers responded to Frandoni's call for backup.
Frandoni said after running the license plate, the car came back registered to Jessica Taylor.
One of the officers asked the oldest child in the car the name of his father, Deonte Moses, Frandoni said.
Frandoni said he went into Walmart and asked managers to call for the parents to return to their vehicle over the loud speaker, but they parents did not return at the time.
"You're on very dangerous grounds. I understand there might be some judgement calls once in a while but for the most part every parent, every adult, everybody that supervises should always play it on the safe side," Jim Love with the Colerain Police Department said.
After around 40 minutes, Frandoni said Taylor and Moses returned to their vehicle with a cart full of groceries.
Another officer arrived to review camera footage with the store manager, Frandoni said. He said the footage showed Taylor and Moses getting out of the car and walking into the store.
Love said police appreciate someone reporting finding the six kids in the car.
"We don't want people overreacting or anything but then again, we also want people to keep their eye out and to see six kids in there like that was concerning and we appreciate them responding to that," he said.
Officers said they found that Moses' license was suspended.
Police arrested Taylor on six counts of endangering children. Moses was arrested and also charged with six counts of endangering children along with driving under suspension, child restraints, and open container.
Taylor and Moses both remain in jail.
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